Properly maintaining your forklift equipment

If you are thinking about buying a new electric forklift truck, you might want to consider purchasing an extended factory service maintenance agreement. Most dealers will also give you the option of paying for your maintenance on a monthly basis as well. Preventive maintenance is extremely important, to keep your machine running as well as possible. Warehouse equipment is extremely costly to replace therefore it is in your best interest to maintain your current equipment. If you have a very large fleet of electric forklift trucks, you may want to consider performing your own in-house maintenance.

This can be much cheaper compared to using a third-party service company. You can also send your service staff to the forklift factory for maintenance classes as well. This can be a good idea even if your staff has prior forklift repair experience keep in mind each model has their own particular requirements with regards to specific service work. Certain parts on a forklift truck will wear out faster than others. For example, it is not uncommon for forklift trucks to need new tires every couple years. This is especially true if you are lifting large pallets, or you operate in extreme weather conditions. Other parts can last a long time, as long as they are properly maintained. For example, or forklift batteries should last at least 6 to 7 years if you properly maintain them.

Proper maintenance for forklift batteries includes regular inspection, and making sure that the battery cells have adequate amounts of water in them. Another key to expanding forklift battery life is making sure that you only charge your batteries when they are fully drained. Avoid topping off your battery charge, as each time you reverse the polarity cycle you are using a full charging cycle. You should also make sure that you clean off any acid which may spill onto the battery posts as well. Acid corrosion can reduce the life of your batteries.

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